Upcoming Juristenrunde

The Institute is pleased to announce a lecture entitled 'The Influence of Human Rights on Belgian Tort Taw’ by Stefan Somers of Vrije University, Brussels. It takes place on Thursday, 11 July 2013 at 10 am.

In recent years, the idea that human rights, via their so-called horizontal effect or 'Drittwirkung', should have some influence on tort law, has become more and more accepted. This evolution raises questions on the methods whereby one can appeal to human rights in tort law litigation and on the overall impact of human rights on tort law.

In Belgium, these questions are becoming more and more pressing since, on the one hand, the Constitutional Court develops 'a tort law jurisprudence' whereas, on the other hand, the Court of Cassation more often makes use of human rights when dealing with tort law. This presentation will discuss the methods whereby human rights influence tort law in the litigation before these two courts and will give a rough overview on the overall impact of human rights on Belgian tort law.

All are welcome to attend.

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